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The greenest cars of all time
With fuel price rises and the very real prospect of petrol and diesel shortages as tanker drivers threaten industrial action, the minds of UK motorists have never been more focused on what's in their tanks.
Saving fuel might have been catapulted to the top of the agenda but don't think that the desire for greener cars is anything new. Starting way back in 1896, this gallery takes us through ground-breaking green car designs from past to present - and even touches on the future.
All of these vehicles set out to use as little of the planet's precious natural resources as possible but they go about the task in very different ways. Take the trip with us, as we count down some of the greenest cars the world has ever seen...
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strange how we as a small country recycle more than the usa but our petrol prices are still higher
they pump toxic waste into the atmos at an alarming rate they use gas guzzling monsters to go shopping in and little old UK pays higher fuel prices and get the word RECYCLE rammed down our throat at every opportunity. odd eh.
The big problem is that the electric and hybrid cars are more damaging to the environment over their life cycle than the modern normal cars. The batteries use highly toxic materials in their construction which have to be mined, refined and eventually got rid of, with the materials being non recyclable. The wholly electric vehicles would mean that more power stations would have to be built to satisfy the demand and more cables would have to be laid to provide the recharging points, these using either copper or aluminium, both using earth resources. The power would be provided by what? certainly not reusable energy as that could not cope, so we would have to build more gas, coal or nuclear stations.
The other argument that we should all become green is not, in the present environment, viable as it would cost more than the major countries could afford, to achieve and the emerging economies, including China, don't want as they have cheap coal - incidentally the US is a major polluter!
It should also be bourne in mind that the "green movement" is a multi billion $ business and so it is in it's protagonists benefit to push green as much as they can. It is also interesting to remember that the earth is cyclic and has over its life, as found from the ice samples, heated up and cooled down, we assume that the time man has been around is the norm for the planet, in fact our sojourn on this planet has been thanks to a very abnormal stable phase of the planets temperature, weather system.
There is lots of talk about CO2 that we produce, in fact man produces only a small increase in the overall CO2 levels, cattle and sheep produce much more and the real winner? the Earth! The gas that has much, much more impact on global temperatures and one that all the greenies keep quiet about is water vapour which has a far higher heat retention factor than CO2. Why no screams and shouts about it? we can do damn all to prevent it!
The robbing parasitic, lying,fraudsters that control our lives would then put a whopping great tax on electricity, because they would loose billions in fuel tax and VAT.
While countries such as China, India, America, will not cut their pollution, it would make no difference to the planet if this tiny insignificant island was totally green and produced no carbon footprint whatsoever. The large polluting countries will still continue to pollute and nothing will change. The grasping governments we get regardless of which party are in power, would continue to find ways of taxing ordinary working folk. while rewarding themselves and their rich cronies with all their fiddles,and bogus claims.
I am sure you censor all comments before they are posted, so surely you could erase these things before you allow them on these pages.
Don't get me started on the immigration issue, i agree with you.
And i like your nuclear powered car idea, got potential i reckon, i will give it some thought. Now if i could just find my mechano set i might be able to come up with something, if i manage it though wouldn't be any good, coz i would cra****traight into the houses of parliament to sort them twistin, robbin, fraudulent, lying, parasitic s**mbags that hang out there for starters.
@Russ Elias: I do beleave the same thing, Green tec is the only way forward.
@Andy Roberts: Its not a far flung assumption, The planet is in FACT burning up because of the human need for fossel fuels and one day you will relive your mistake on this matter, Its people like you thinking its aloads of bull **** that make the stupid dessitions to ignore the matter, As for the companys digging up the fuel in the first place Shame on them.
Only thing is fossel fuels will eventualy run out, Whats BP and Shell going to do then? Nothink because thats all they will be able to do, They should be looking into a new fuel sourse rather than going out finding new oil wells, And the only reason they wont is because they will become usless and the company will fall.
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